45th Birthday SmallCatie and I were truly overwhelmed by the turnout earlier today at my 45th birthday brunch — more than 500 people!  And, of course, we are also grateful for the many friends who were not able to join us, but supported the brunch generously from afar.

In case you are interested, here is a copy of my remarks (minus ad-libbed comments and introductory acknowledgements.)

Sincere thanks to all who made the event a big success.